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Grandparenting with a purpose offers resources to help grandparents intentionally pray for their grandchildren to know and follow Jesus Christ.

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12 Suggestions to Pray for Elementary Grandchildren

May 21, 2017
12 Suggestions to Pray for Elementary Grandchildren Discover their God-given gifts and talents. Develop a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment using their skills. Be motivated, disciplined, and challenged in their learning experiences. Treat others with respect. Stand firm for what is right and refuse the wrong with a positive attitude. Choose friendships wisely. Obey their parents. Understand their need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Develop a strong and healthy self-esteem and self-confidence.  Have a safe, healthy classroom environment.  Be protected from the deception of the enemy.  Develop a hunger for God’s Word.  Taken from the book Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren page 84. Available at http://www.gdptpr.com at a reduced $10.50 including shipping. Lillian Penner, National Prayer Director, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net I have developed thirty-one “Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren” that many grandparents have found helpful to pray for my grandchildren. Join our mailing list on the right side of this page for grandparenting blogs and prayer suggestions and I will send you a free downloadable copy of “Thirty-one Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren”.      

Are Grandparents Day of Prayer and National Grandparents Day the Same?

May 18, 2017
Grandparents Day of Prayer and National Grandparents Day are similar but not the same. To understand their similarities and differences, we need to examine both, starting with National Grandparents Day. National Grandparents Day After a three-year battle that began in 1970, West Virginia housewife Marian McQuade convinced her state Congress to commemorate grandparents with a special day. This commemoration honored grandparents, provided them an opportunity to express their love for their grandchildren and raised community awareness about the gifts grandparents can offer. Five years later, the United States Congress passed legislation declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. They selected September because September denotes the autumn season of life. President Jimmy Carter gave his endorsement by signing the proclamation. Grandparents Day of Prayer In 2010, author Lillian Penner suggested that a day of prayer to coincide with National Grandparents Day. Thanks to Mrs. Penner’s efforts, churches around the world observe Grandparents Day of Prayer. They encourage grandparents to pray for their grandchildren, both in private and corporate settings. Do you recognize the importance of praying for your grandchildren? Do you want to encourage others to be praying grandparents? If so, may I suggest hosting an event to celebrate Grandparents Day of Prayer? You may want to host a prayer breakfast or a luncheon following your morning worship. Or you may want to offer an afternoon tea or evening dessert in your home. Perhaps your minister is willing to address the importance of praying grandparents and set aside a special prayer time during the worship service. The possibilities are endless. It is imperative; however, grandparents gather to pray for their grandchildren. Conclusion Both Grandparents Day of Prayer and National Grandparents Day occur on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year’s date is September 10th. Both commemorate the vital role grandparent’s play in the family. The fundamental difference between the two is Grandparents Day of Prayer encourages grandparents to pray for the hearts, souls, and minds of their grandchildren. We are asking grandparents throughout the world to unite in prayer for their grandchildren and their parents. We have two ways that you can participate on our website. www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com Click on “I will pray” button and give if you will commit to join us as a prayer warrior on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. If you are willing to organize an event in your church, home, or retirement complexes, etc. click on “To find out more about becoming a volunteer” to follow the process  If you realize the urgency for a Day of Prayer for our grandchildren and their parents, will you help us call grandparents to join in prayer on September 10th? Christian Grandparenting Network is prepared to provide step-by-step guidelines, resources and online tools for creating successful events. Please check our website http://www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com for more information, testimonials, promotional materials and free downloads. Thank you for your considering participation in this event. If you have questions or additional information, email Lillian Penner lpenner@christiangrandparentinng.net or Sherry Schumann sherry@christiangrandparenting.net Guest

The Parents of our Grandchildren need Prayer

May 15, 2017
Teach your children to choose the right path.” Proverbs 22:6  Our children have a great responsibility parenting our grandchildren in these insecure, unstable times we live in today. Young families are busy with their jobs, church activities, children’s activities, etc. There are many distractions for them in their marriage, employment, and parenting. In today’s broken world, Satan’s purpose is to destroy the family. It is important that we pray God will give our children wisdom and time management in their monumental task of guiding our grandchildren in the ways of the Lord. Suggestions to Pray for the Parents of your Grandchildren Pray their parents will make wise choices where to put their time, money, and energy as they discern what is best for their family, especially with the holiday season approaching. Pray their parents will have wisdom to balance their careers, energy, marriage, and parenting. Supporting the grandchildren through the many decisions, challenges, and opportunities, they face. Pray their parents will have a godly influence on your grandchildren at every stage of life, leading them to trust Jesus Christ as their personal savior, have a hunger for God’s Word, and develop an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ as they walk through life. Pray for their parent’s marriage. Ask God to protect, preserve, and sustain it. Knit their hearts together in complete unity. May their love for each other never fail Pray for protection and good health in their families, especially from the increase of contagious diseases. Ask God to place a shield of protection emotionally, physically, and spiritually in the chaotic world we live in. Pray for their families to have a foundation built on God’s Word and pass on a rich heritage to their future generations. By Lillian Penner, Co-prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net          

How are you passing on the baton of truth to your family?

May 10, 2017
  “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived                                                                                  in your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice, now lives in you also” II Timothy 1:5. If Timothy’s grandmother Lois had not been faithful in passing on her faith to her daughter Eunice and grandson Timothy we would not have the books, I and II Timothy in the Bible today. Lois & Eunice are a real generational example of the importance of passing on the faith to future generations. Lois is our forerunner who modeled grandmothering for us. Isn’t it interesting that nowhere in the Bible does it say that the church has the primary responsibility to pass on our faith to the next generation? It makes clear that parents and grandparents are the primary conduits to instruct their children and grandchildren about God and his love for them. A concern for many grandparents is that their children are not passing on the values and faith they taught them. Therefore, grandparents have a crucial role to fill, if faith is to found on earth when Jesus comes back for his own. The demonstration of our love for the Lord and our prayers for our grandchildren are a powerful way to pass on our faith to them. I think that Eunice had a lot of support from Lois in Timothy’s early years. This month as we celebrate Mother’s Day, let’s pray for the mothers of our grandchildren. They have a great responsibility to parent our grandchildren in these troubled, unstable times we live in today. I often think about and pray for the mothers of my teenaged grandchildren. They are busy with their church activities, the children activities, chauffeuring the children and employment outside the home. You might send them a Mother’s Day card thanking them for all they do for your grandchildren. In today’s broken world, Satan’s purpose is to destroy the family. It is important that we, as grandparents pray God will give the mothers and fathers of our dear grandchildren wisdom, time management, and godly wisdom in their monumental task of guiding our grandchildren in the ways of the Lord. As grandparents, let’s ask God how he wants us to connect and nurture those precious grandchildren and model God’s love to them. Will they remember your monetary gifts or that you were their prayer warrior? Prayer: Lord, show me how you want me to pass the baton of truth to my grandchildren. Give me the wisdom to know how to connect and relate to them. Show me how to model a godly lifestyle in an ungodly culture. In Jesus name. By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net. Special note: In the book Grandparenting With a Purpose, I give several suggestions of how Grandparents

How to Pray for Infants and Toddlers

May 8, 2017
How to Pray for Infants and Toddlers My grandchildren range in age from 11 to 32 years but now I have 2 great-granddaughters less than 18 months so I am again praying for infants and toddlers. If you have infants and/or toddlers you may appreciate these suggestions of how to pray for them. For Infants, pray they will: Develop a strong sense of security as they bond with their family. Feel safe and secure in their surroundings. Grow physically strong and mentally alert. Begin to lay a healthy foundation for good communication. Begin to develop a healthy attachment to their family members. For Toddlers, pray they will: Develop a healthy self-image. Develop a sense of independence. Develop a sense of obedience to their parents. Be willing to try new, unfamiliar experiences. Feel secure apart from parents (i.e.caregivers). Learn to play independently. I would appreciate it if you would give additional suggestions of how to pray for these dear little infants and toddlers. Taken from the book, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren, page 83. Available at www.grandparentingwithapurpose.com.  By Lillian Penner, Co-prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net    

Grandparenting: More than Reese’s Cups and KitKat Bars

May 4, 2017
Our oldest son observed that—while his maternal grandmother stockpiled Reese’s cups in the freezer and his paternal grandmother kept KitKat bars in her special drawer— I didn’t keep any candy at home for him to enjoy. Laughingly, I replied, “When I become a grandmother, I’m going to indulge your children with both Reese’s cups AND Twix bars.” My heart danced at the thought of being a grandmother, and our son was only five. Twenty-five years have passed, and I am now a doting grandparent. While I’ve come to realize that being a grandparent is more than Reese’s cups and Twix bars, I’ve had difficulty finding a precise definition of my role. Our American culture is ambiguous about our role as grandparents. Many of us embrace the “candy grandparent” model, lavishing excessive materialism on future generations, while others of us abdicate our roles as grandparents in exchange for a comfortable retirement. Sadly, the Church—in all denominations, in all fifty states—remains silent about our part. Specializing in the field of Biblical grandparenting, Pastor Josh Mulvihill offers a plausible explanation for the Church’s oversight in this important area of ministry. He suggests that generational discipleship is overlooked because the Church defines the family unit as parent and child. Until the Body of Christ redefines “family” to include the extended family, grandparents will waffle, and future generations will spiritually suffer. Scripture is clear. We are called to pass a legacy, a spiritual inheritance, onto our grandchildren. Moses instructed the Israelites, Teach (God’s decrees and laws) to your children and their children after them (Deuteronomy 4:9). The Psalmist proclaimed “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power and the wonders he has done (Psalm 78: 1).” In a world muddied by lies, half-truths at best, it is imperative that Christian grandparents rally. It is a time that we need to embrace multi-generational discipleship and invest in the spiritual lives of our grandchildren. In the words of Cavin Harper (Courageous Grandparenting), we need to “train grandparents for battle, so this generation will not be lost on our watch.” I dedicate the majority of my writing to godly and intentional grandparenting. Together, we’ll journey, explore and discover how to be godly and intentional grandparents. When the trip gets messy, we’ll shower each other with grace. When the climb grows steep, we’ll gently—or not so gently—nudge each other to the next level. And should the trail become unclear, we’ll point each other in the right direction. With our eyes fixed on the Word of God, let us journey forth. Guest blog by Sherry Schumann, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network, sherry@christiangrandparenting.net